|Shepherd looking spa-tacular on The Client List|
Had fun this week working the phone with Cybill Shepherd. Known for telling it like it is, the former Moonlighting and Cybill star returns for a second season Sunday as Jennifer Love Hewitt’s mom on The Client List (Lifetime, 10 p.m. ET).
Beautifully unaltered at 63, the former model is happy to leave the heavy lifting to Hewitt on this edgy little drama about a Texas massage parlor. Hewitt’s character, a single mom, makes extra cash offering happy endings to certain clients. Shepherd, who works the beauty parlour end of the spa, doesn’t even know there is any funny stuff going on.
|J-Lo Hewitt: where is this spa again?|
Shepherd says she researches her role every time she goes to her own salon. “I say, ‘Can you show me how to do this?’ ‘cuz I never know.” She’s had a few ideas shot down by the sound department, “Like with tinfoil, there’s always tinfoil people put on their hair to do certain processes,” she says. Apparently tinfoil is hard on the guy at the other end of the boom mike.
Whether she deserves it or not, Shepherd often gets tossed in with Roseanne and Brett Butler when the names of TV divas who were hell to work with come up on press tours. I didn’t ask her about that, but she couldn’t have been nicer or more charming on the phone. Perhaps she’s mellowed, or just not so wrapped up in every aspect of production as she was when her name was in the title.
The Client List is the perfect job for her at this stage in her career because, as she says, “I don’t have to carry the show.”
|Shepherd was 20 when she starred opposite Jeff Bridges
in Peter Bogdonovich’s The Last Picture Show